AskDefine | Define despise

Dictionary Definition

despise v : look down on with disdain; "He despises the people he has to work for"; "The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately" [syn: contemn, scorn, disdain]

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin despicere.



  1. To regard with contempt or scorn.

Derived terms


to regard with contempt or scorn
  • Chinese: 藐視, 藐视
  • Dutch: verachten
  • French: dédaigner
  • Finnish: halveksia, halveksua
  • Hindi: tusch lekhana dwesh karna
  • German: verachten
  • Italian: disprezzare
  • Japanese: 軽蔑
  • Korean: 괄시
  • Portuguese: desprezar
  • Russian: презреть
  • Spanish: desdeñar
  • Swedish: förakta

Extensive Definition

"Despicable" and "Dispicable" redirect here.
Despise means to regard with contempt or scorn.
It may also mean:
Film and Television
  • One of the eight dungeons opposing the eight virtues in the Ultima series

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abhor, abjure, abominate, avoid, be above, be contemptuous of, brush aside, care nothing for, chuck, chuck out, contemn, contradict, decline, deny, deride, detest, disapprove, discard, disclaim, discount, disdain, dismiss, disown, disparage, disprize, disregard, dump on, eschew, except, exclude, execrate, feel contempt for, feel superior to, flout, forswear, hate, hold beneath one, hold cheap, hold in contempt, hold in derision, ignore, insult, laugh at, laugh to scorn, loathe, look down upon, misprize, overlook, pass by, pass up, push aside, put down, rank low, rebuff, recant, refuse, refuse to consider, reject, renounce, repel, repudiate, repulse, ridicule, scoff at, scorn, scout, set at defiance, set at naught, shove away, shun, slight, slight over, sneer at, sneeze at, sniff at, snort at, snub, spurn, think nothing of, throw away, throw out, treat with contempt, turn away, turn out, waive
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